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DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
5/6/12 2:38 P

I would definitely check out beans. The cheapest way to obtain beans is dried, but that takes some time & advance preparation. Beans will also have some of the fiber that is missing from your diet through lack of salad. And, they are high in protein, so you could perhaps buy less meat (or make it last longer).

If you are not sure you will like a particular variety of bean, you can buy one can. If it turns out you like that type, then go for the dried beans. I had some dried green split peas in my house for YEARS because I didn't like 'em at all.

Also, about veggies - is your no-go list based on longstanding opinions from childhood? I ask because one's taste can change throughout life. I used to hate spinach, mushrooms and asparagus. It turns out, I do like those foods, but only under certain conditions. I like fresh spinach, not canned or frozen; I like mushrooms if I cook them myself from fresh, not from a can; and with asparagus, I really like the smallest tender shoots from early spring. Later in the summer when they get all thick and stick-like, I don't like them at all.

It's hard to try new things, especially when you are already prejudiced against the outcome, and you are on a tight budget. But I would give the stuff on the no-go list a try again every so often. Maybe you will find a way that you do like them.

SNOOPY1960 Posts: 1,687
5/6/12 12:24 P

I see no salad stuff on your list.
Try to buy other types of fruit besides bananas
The can of Pillsbury biscuits is not healthy ( yummy but not healthy )
Buy a loaf of whole wheat bread instead.

I typically buy what is on sale and stock up on canned goods and frozen veggies when they are
on sale as well.

Banana and nuts are not enough for lunch ! That is a snack.

What about canned tuna ? You don't need to mix it with mayo, you can put it on a salad.

Make some homemade soup with the veggies you like and some chicken.

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5/2/12 4:47 P

Well, how we usually shop goes (rough estimates of most prices):

1 5-pack of chicken breasts (each cut in half, the chicken breasts our store stocks in are huuuge) ~$5.00
1 5-pack of pork loin cuts ~$5.00
3 packs of frozen veggies, .85 each.
1 hand of bananas, ~.50
1 can of pillsbury biscuits, ~$1.20
1 package of wasabi almonds (slightly cheating, will last us about two weeks), ~2.50
1 package jasmine rice, ~$1.50
1 5lb bag potatoes, ~2.50
2 boxes of cereal, ~ $2.50 each
1 quart milk, ~$2.00

However, a dinner of meat-potato-veg and meat-rice-veg does get awfully old after a while. Breakfast is usually just cereal, and lunch is a banana and some almonds (which are also a snack - we love 'em).

What I meant about eggs is that he wont touch them if they play a starring role - so no scrambled eggs, and spanish tortillas, while they sound like tasty goodness, are out. If they're an ingredient in a larger dish (like your example of cake), then they're good.

I never really thought of beans, but they're awfully cheap, aren't they! And I gotta take a look at that Bountiful Basket, it sounds pretty interesting.

KAPELAKIN Posts: 1,984
5/2/12 4:24 P

First off, consider purchasing healthy foods as cheap healthcare. I can't imagine how you are getting a balanced diet for two adults on $30 per week. However, cheap, healthy fruit and veggies include:

Sometimes bell peppers are pretty cheap

Eggs are a really inepensive source of quality protein, but I'm not sure what you mean by "Incorporated into the dish". I'm sure that would count cake, but what about quiche, frittata, o Spanish tortilla (scrambled eggs baked with thin potato slices)?

Beans of all kinds are another very cheap and versatile food, especially if you purchase dried beans. They can be used for much more than chili!

If you have Bountiful Baskets or other food co-ops available in your area, you might look into those. Of course yu might end up with some items on your "no go" list, but it's a big supply of fruits and veggies for only $15 per week (you sign up when you want, you don't have to buy every week).

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5/2/12 1:04 P

Hi everyone! I'll get right to the point - my fiancee and I hate spending a lot at the grocery store. If our weekly grocery budget goes over $30, we get grumpy. Therefore, what I'm asking is for menu ideas so we can pick up healthy foods a the minimum of cost.

Here's the rub though - we're both picky eaters. I'm less of one than he is, but it still causes clashes when I go, "Here's a nice recipe, and it's cheap, too!" and his response is, "It has asparagus. Next."

Anyway, foods that are an absolute no-go:
Cooked carrots
Brussles Sprouts
Sweet potato
Whole eggs (as in, not integrated into the dish)

And the stuff that I don't like:
Yellow cheeses

Yeah... lots of no-go items. Some things like Mushrooms are okay as long as they're not visible or in large chunks, eggs are okay for things like pastries and breading, you get the idea.

Anyone have any ideas, or should I tell him to buck up and eat his brussles sprouts?

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